Too often the second work in a trilogy is somewhat lackluster - too safe, too staid, too liminal. The Dark Forge is anything but, as Cameron does what he does best: suck you into a world of creaking harnesses, beloved steads, worn down soldiers, and spectacular magics.
The world feels ancient and love, filled with color and detail and a sense of wearing that is hard to counterfeit. The cast of characters are bent but not broken, optimism struggling against the cruelty of war and death, the needs of the moment weighed against the stain of the soul. Never does Cameron revel in darkness for its own shake, but shows us the path through hell as a modern Dante - one can drive the harrowing with their humanity intact. This refusal to indulge in the worst aspects of humanity, while recognizes how the light within a soul can be become tattered, torn, and waver on the edge of darkness,, sets the series apart from much of contemporary fantasy.
A stirring, gritty and at times quite brutal epic fantasy - Tor.comThis series promises to be a standout epic fantasy for the ages - FANTASY BOOK CRITIC
Gripping and action-packed fantasy with a historical twist.